A Thomond College exhibition aims to raise the profile of woodwork and metalwork in the education system.

Thomond College is often overshadowed by NIHE Limerick with which it shares a common campus. A new exhibition of craftwork hopes to help people learn more about the college and what goes on there.

Known mainly as the supplier of the country's physical education teachers Thomond College is now at the centre of an initiative to promote other areas of education. It wants to elevate the subjects of woodwork and metalwork which were previously given a lower priority in secondary level education.  

Sean Moloney describes how in the past teachers of metalwork and woodwork came mainly from a trade background and had lower status in schools than graduate teachers.

The subjects were seen as low status subjects.

The exhibition of items from these disciplines attempts to demonstrate the rigorous process that the trainee teachers go through combining science, technology and craft. These iterms demonstrate long hours of work as well as the considerable skill and imagination of the students. Exhibits on display include furniture, art pieces and a custom made tricycle for a girl with spina bifida.

Wood and metalworking are no longer despised subjects fit only for those who can’t make the grade academically, a point that all at Thomond College make repeatedly.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 May 1985. The reporter is Michael Walsh.